20-second murder: Suspected victim of mistaken identity dies in Manila shooting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2017 11:06 AM | Updated as of Jan 25 2017 01:59 PM

SAMPALOC, Manila - Ernesto Tapang, 49, was resting on a bench outside his home early Wednesday when unidentified men repeatedly shot him, the crime finished in just 20 seconds. 

CCTV footage showed a Mitsubishi Adventure vehicle stopping outside Tapang's house in Barangay 554 around 3 a.m, before a man in a hooded jacket alighted from the vehicle's passenger seat and swiftly, repeatedly shot Tapang. 

Three more gunmen showered bullets on the victim before climbing back on the vehicle with the first suspect and speeding away. 

The whole incident lasted for 20 seconds. 

All 4 suspects made no apparent effort to conceal their faces. Only 2 were wearing fedoras which did not hide their features. 

Tapang's family and neighbors rushed the victim to the hospital, but he did not survive the 19 gunshot wounds. 

Initial police investigation revealed that Tapang may have been a victim of mistaken identity as he had no record of any criminal activity or involvement in the illegal drug trade. 

His brother, Renato, added that the victim was kind and that liquor had been his sole vice. 

Between sobs, Renato told the killers: "Maawa naman sila sa mga taong walang kasalanan." 

(They should have mercy on innocent people.)

"Tandaan niyo mga bumaril sa kapatid ko -- d'yan din kayo mamamatay, sa baril. Mamamatay din kayo. Walang kasalanan ang kapatid ko ginanyan niyo eh. Overkilll naman po ginawa sa kapatid ko," he added. 

(Those who killed my brothers should remember, they would die by the gun. They will also die. My brother was innocent, yet you did that to him. What you did to him was an overkill. ) -- Report from Ron Lopez, DZMM